Today, Jaycee Dugard released a statement to People magazine about the three Ohio women and one child who were rescued this week from captivity in Ohio.
“These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn’t who they are. It is only what happened to them,” Dugard told People.
She added: “The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More then ever this reaffirms we should never give up hope.”
If anyone can understand the horror these three women and one child endured it’s Dugard. The California woman was kidnapped at age 11 while walking to a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe. She was held captive by sex offender Philip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, for 18 years. “I hated every second of every day for 18 years,” Dugard said in a statement read in court.
Dugard is now committed to supporting the JAYC Foundation, an organization committed to helping families get treatment following an abduction or other traumatic event. Below is a PSA she created for JAYC.